How has Jay Cutler fared against the Patriots? Not too well

The Dolphins have set their sights on taking down the Patriots. Coach Adam Gase embraces the challenge, since it provides the ultimate measuring stick for any NFL team.

Gase’s team’s new quarterback has faced that ultimate measuring stick three prior times. And the stick routinely has been stuck in places where sticks don’t normally go.

In 2008, with starter Tom Brady injured and Matt Cassel under center, the Patriots blew out Jay Cutler’s Broncos, 41-7. Cutler completed 17 of 26 passes for 168 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.

Two years later, Cutler’s Bears fell to the Patriots by the score of 36-7. He completed 12 of 26 passes for 152 yards, no touchdowns, and two picks.

In 2014, the Patriots blew out Cutler again, winning 51-23 after leading 45-7. Cutler completed 20 of 30 passes for 277 yards and three scores, two of which came in garbage time.

And while I have no issue at all with Gase’s decision to opt for known entity over Colin Kaepernick, it’s worth noting that Kaepernick has performed fairly well against Bill Belichick’s defense.

On a Sunday night in 2012, Kaepernick led the 49ers to a 31-3 lead over the Patriots in Foxborough. The Patriots erased the deficit, but Kaepernick delivered the win with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree, finishing the game with 25 passes, 14 completions, 221 yards, four touchdown passes, one interception, and a passer rating of 108.5.

Last year, during Kaepernick’s supposedly substandard season that rendered him unfit for NFL employment, he completed 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, no picks, and a 97.4 passer rating. Though the Patriots won 30-17, the 49ers trailed only 13-10 at the half.

Think about that one for a second. The 2-14 49ers gave the 14-2 Patriots a stiff challenge for 30 minutes. And Kaepernick was the quarterback.

Again, Cutler made more sense for the Dolphins. But Kaepernick’s performances against the Patriots makes the decision of the Jets to ignore him even more curious.

48 responses to “How has Jay Cutler fared against the Patriots? Not too well

  1. What is with these teams? Doesn’t anyone have the cahones to take Kaepernick and accept the fact that our American society isn’t perfect and a guy who lends emphasis to these imperfections is black balled because team owners don’t like the way the message was delivered? The statistics are there. Kaepernick belongs in the NFL and if a team like Miami wants to save their season of promise, you should have taken this guy to give yourself a fighting chance. Cutler will get you nothing.

  2. The BIGGEST difference is Cutler is a NFL QB and Kap isnt… Let Kap continue is anti law enforcement gig and leave being a bad QB up to Cutler… NEXT STORY!!

  3. ….but I remember when A Great American Hero came into Foxboro I think it was 2012 and posted a 40burger on my Pats.

    #blackballed

  4. .
    The 49ers had the Patriots confused during the referenced first half. Kaepernick moved the ball well. New England needed to make half time adjustments and get some second half breaks to win that game.
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  5. While I am sure playing the Pats has some meaning for Gase’s decision, he might have been looking for a player that knows him better. Given the short amount of time to get this new QB up to speed, I think his decision makes sense.

  6. OMG, enough with Kaepernick, please. I am not the typical Kaep hater on this site. I am a California liberal, I don’t disagree with some of Kaep’s points, and I’m all for free speech and taking a stand.

    But if I was at work in a situation where thousands of our customers were on hand, and I used the occasion to express my views on social issues in a way that offended many of those customers, I would expect to be fired. And I would expect to have a hard time getting a job with other employers who were aware of my actions.

  7. First, hardly anybody has fared well against the Patriots. They win most of their games, duh.

    Second, history means little, and WHICH games are won/lost mean a lot more than the overall record.

    The Patriots are 1-2 against the Russell Wilson Seahawks. Of course, that one win meant a lot more than the two losses.

    So let’s let them play the games, eh? The Patriots are the better team, no doubt. But the Dolphins are better off with Cutler than without him, and you’d have a hard time comvincing anyone otherwise.

  8. Following that logic…if you put Brady on this year’s Jets team, he should have no issue continuing his dominance of the Steelers. Right? His struggles in Chicago do not necessarily translate to either success or failure in Miami.

  9. Amazing how everyone is all over the poor guy. Kaepernick only had decent stats because of the team and coach around him. As soon the league had enough film on him that was it. What has he done since? Cutler had his best year as a pro under Gase before he left to become Miamis coach. Defense was so bad the last few years everything was dumped on Cutler to try and score points because the D could not stop anyone

  10. Two years later, Cutler’s Bears fell to the Patriots by the score of 36-7. He completed 12 of 26 passes for 152 yards, no touchdowns, and two picks.
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    In Cutlers defense, that game was blizzard like conditions. The wind was howling and it was snowing sideways. That did not stop Brady from throwing for 369 yards and 2 TD’s 67% completions and a whopping 9.2 yards per attempt. I decided off that spectacular performance by TB12 to name my new puppy that I got that weekend Brady.

  11. Belichick and Brady will be the first to tell you the 2017 Patriots have won nothing.

    And what about Kapernick wearing a Castro shirt makes him persona non grata in Miami do people not understand? Half the city is either Cuban or has close ties with the Cuban community. I don’t have any issue with Kap’s protests, we live in a country founded on protest. But Miami is a special situation and he would never be acceptable to the fans there.

  12. The problem with Miami and Kaepernick, ironically, has nothing to do with his kneeling for the anthem or his socks portraying cartoon police as pigs. It relates to his stupid support and wearing of the Castro t-shirt. Kaepernick is just an idiot who doesn’t think before he acts and it set off Kiko Alonso of the Dolphins. Alonso is Cuban and knows that although Castro spent more on education than he did on prisons in Cuba, that it’s also easier to kill your opposition than it is to imprison them. Stephen Ross is about as liberal as they come as it relates to NFL owners and leave it to Kaepernick to find a way to make it impossible for the one owner who would sign him, NOT to sign him. If you feel badly for Kaepernick, you shouldn’t. He is his own worst enemy.

  13. That Patriots D in 2012 was garbage. This was the last year of a patchwork smoke and mirrors D that still featured the likes of Brandon Merriweather and Spikes. Bill had not yet found the Second Coming of His Defense.

  14. “Last year, during Kaepernick’s supposedly substandard season that rendered him unfit for NFL employment, he completed 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, no picks, and a 97.4 passer rating. Though the Patriots won 30-17, the 49ers trailed only 13-10 at the half.”

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and even Mark Sanchez had several games where they won or provided stiff competition against the Patriots. That doesn’t mean the Jets want them or Kaepernick as their quarterback.

  15. Lets talk about Kaep’s performance last year against Chicago:
    1-5 for 4 yards
    5 sacks for -25 yds
    qbr = 3.2

    nuff said. worst starting qb in the history of football back to 1776

  16. OMG, enough with Kaepernick, please. I am not the typical Kaep hater on this site. I am a California liberal, I don’t disagree with some of Kaep’s points, and I’m all for free speech and taking a stand.

    But if I was at work in a situation where thousands of our customers were on hand, and I used the occasion to express my views on social issues in a way that offended many of those customers, I would expect to be fired. And I would expect to have a hard time getting a job with other employers who were aware of my actions.

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    Too rational. .. lol You are spot on!

  17. Blaming for Cutler for everything the crappy bears organization does is pretty funny. I bet Jay plays well for the Phins and the Bears will continue to lose games, because that is what the Bears do well.

  18. lbmclean says:
    August 7, 2017 at 11:20 am
    I think our defense will be a bigger problem than our QB
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    Amen

  19. Also in 2008 the Dolphins picked up another veteran quarterback off the refuse pile, Chad Pennington, and won the division. Cutler has Gase, that’s to his advantage.

  20. Who cares? He played on substandard teams that didn’t fare well against anyone. I wish people (including the writers) would realize this isn’t a one person game.

  21. Another reminder for those that slobber all over the Patriots and how incredible they are … life’s always easier when you’re in a one-team division.

  22. How has Insert QB name here fared against The Patriots? Answer- Not too well. Substitute any team name in place of the QB and you get the same answer 8 times out of 10. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brock Osweiler have wins against the Pats the last 2 seasons. More about the team than the individual. Cutler isn’t Big Ben, Rodgers or Brees by any stretch but if he has the horses around him, Miami can compete with the Pats. Beat them?…That’s another story.

  23. The 2-14 49ers gave the 14-2 Patriots a stiff challenge for 30 minutes.

    So did Atlanta, for a bit longer.Same result. Its a 60 minute game.

    Not sure why Kaepernick is considered black since he’s from mixed race parents. Does the white part go away if you add black? Do you folks not get how messed up this line of reasoning has become? People liked him up until 2 things happened. He insulted every cop and soldier who ever served and his play had peaked. There was no more upside to a guy who used up every trick he knew in his SB year.

  24. This is a fight we don’t need to have. The Dolphins can pick up Kaep too, and then just alternate games with Cutler and Kaep. Everyone’s happy.

  25. TheCommish says:
    August 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    Another reminder for those that slobber all over the Patriots and how incredible they are … life’s always easier when you’re in a one-team division.

    What’s your excuse for all the games they win outside the division?

  26. How has anyone fared well against the Patriots? Even the great Peyton Manning struggled against them with much better talent around him then Jay Cutler had. Let’s not start thinking that the Dolphins are going to dethrone the Patriots. The Dolphins are improving and appear to be finally heading in the right direction. That’s it for now.

  27. “Again, Cutler made more sense for the Dolphins. But Kaepernick’s performances against the Patriots makes the decision of the Jets to ignore him even more curious”.
    So WHY would the JETS want to bring in a QB that might lead them to enough victories that would scuttle their hopes of having the 2018 First Pick in the Draft (which will probably be a QB from USC)?

  28. Did you know:

    Joe Flacco beat the Patriots once in the regular season and twice in the playoffs, including the season that he went to the superbowl and beat some other QB who beat the Patriots once.

    Joe Flacco….elite.

  29. Brady has a 3-3 career record against the NY Giants, including 0-2 in the superbowl.

    If we only count the Eli years, he’s only 2-3 against them, and hasn’t beaten them by more than a field goal. (He won 17-6 in 2003)

    I’m sure they’ll be plenty of Giants haters to talk their crap, all I’m saying is match ups make fights folks. Some teams match up better than others, and no-one is immortal… even Tom Brady

  30. “Last year, during Kaepernick’s supposedly substandard season that rendered him unfit for NFL employment, he completed 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, no picks, and a 97.4 passer rating. Though the Patriots won 30-17, the 49ers trailed only 13-10 at the half.”

    Not to Shabby, seeing how abysmal the 49ers were. Worlds worst defense by far. And their offense was literally Kaepernick, Carlos Hyde & Jeremy Kerley.

  31. Colin Kaepernick is just SO awesome. It is a REAL shame that he hasn’t been signed by anybody yet. I don’t know WHAT all those NFL teams are thinking. CLEARLY throwing 16 TD and only 4 Interceptions makes him the top QB on the free agent market. Beating the Patriots once in his career is a MONUMENTAL achievement. How many OTHER QB’s can claim that, huh?

    Some team is gonna sign this kid, make them their starter, and then he’s gonna drop an undefeated season on the rest of the league and win a superbowl. If you don’t think so then you’re just another hater. Kaep is a hero, dagnabbit!

  32. “Last year, during Kaepernick’s supposedly substandard season that rendered him unfit for NFL employment, he completed 16 of 30 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, no picks, and a 97.4 passer rating. Though the Patriots won 30-17, the 49ers trailed only 13-10 at the half.

    Think about that one for a second. The 2-14 49ers gave the 14-2 Patriots a stiff challenge for 30 minutes. And Kaepernick was the quarterback.”

    Just from last year against the same crappy Bears team Cutler played for:
    “At the time the Niners pulled him for Gabbert, Kaepernick was 1-of-5 passing for 4 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 39.6. He was also sacked five times for 25 yards, leaving the Niners with negative-21 net passing yards and a 24-6 deficit at the time of his departure.”

    Yes tell me how he’s better again?

  33. With all of the hand wringing about the reasons behind Kaepernick not being signed, I’m still waiting for the sports media to admit that their converage is also a big negative for any team thinking about signing him. I mean if he is signed as a back-up and the starter falters yet doesn’t get benched, how long before the media starts questioning why Kaepernick is not put in as a starter? If he starts and is benched for any reason, how will the media spin it? I’m sure that is something that the owners and coaches are weighing in their decision process. Every move or non move regarding Kaepernick will be put under a microscope and dissected incessantly.

  34. LSUStrong says:
    August 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    With all of the hand wringing about the reasons behind Kaepernick not being signed, I’m still waiting for the sports media to admit that their converage is also a big negative for any team thinking about signing him. I mean if he is signed as a back-up and the starter falters yet doesn’t get benched, how long before the media starts questioning why Kaepernick is not put in as a starter? If he starts and is benched for any reason, how will the media spin it? I’m sure that is something that the owners and coaches are weighing in their decision process. Every move or non move regarding Kaepernick will be put under a microscope and dissected incessantly.
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    just another tiny part of the Not Worth The Headache reasoning. Were talking back up caliber level player. When you look at the big picture, the whole picture, risk vs reward, theres just not much upside for bringing him in.

    What are the odds he balls out takes over the #1 spot and starts leading the team to wins? Virtually zero

    What are the odds he sulks on the bench (like when Gabbert was starting) and brings
    unwanted and unnecessary attention to the team?

    Surely every team would have contractual clauses to avoid Castro shirts, pig socks, etc from showing up but the media circus will still be there looking for a story whether theres one or not.

  35. Kaep =/= a viable NFL starting QB. That’s why he had trouble finding a job not his politics or beliefs.

    Kaep thrived in the short lived fad that was the read option QB. Ask Tebow and RG3 how that turned out for their careers. There was talk at the time that this was the new offense taking the NFL by storm and pocket passers were on their way out. Riiiiight.

  36. Ashley says:
    August 7, 2017 at 11:23 am
    OMG, enough with Kaepernick, please. I am not the typical Kaep hater on this site. I am a California liberal, I don’t disagree with some of Kaep’s points, and I’m all for free speech and taking a stand.

    But if I was at work in a situation where thousands of our customers were on hand, and I used the occasion to express my views on social issues in a way that offended many of those customers, I would expect to be fired. And I would expect to have a hard time getting a job with other employers who were aware of my actions.
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    In a nutshell, this is it. No more, no less. Thanks you for your comment.

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